Land of the midnight sun
06/04/2008 - 06/08/2008
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Hello from Reykjavik, the northernmost capital city in the world! When they say this is the land of the midnight sun, they aren't kidding. I have yet to see the sun set, and it has my sleeping schedule all off. It is bright as the afternoon all night long! I kind of feel like a zombie!
I have had a lot of fun walking around the city and exploring. I went to the National Photography Museum, which had a special exhibit by Viggo Mortensen, the actor. I was here for the last day of the arts festival, and went to a terrific concert at the University. The Iceland symphony orchestra played and 4 vocalists sang Icelandic pop songs in English while video was projected on a huge screen behind the stage. It was truly amazing.
I ate at a terrific seafood place on the waterfront called the Sea Baron. They specialize in lobster soup, which was terrific, and I also got a cod kebob. Believe it or not, they actually had Mink whale meat (Iceland is one of the few countries that still whales), but I couldn't make myself eat it! I also ate at a cool place called The Hamburger Joint, reportedly serving the best hamburger in Iceland. It was good, and the ambience was cool, with John Lee Hooker music playing in the background!
The big landmark at the center of town is a church built from native stone. The church is called Hallgrimskirkja, and I climbed to the top of the steeple to get some good pictures of the city. There is also an impressive statue of Leif Ericksson in front.
I fly to Copenhagen tomorrow, so I will try to pull the shades and get some sleep!